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Dr. Paul Sullivan,
Head of Department of PsychologyReader

Information about Dr. Paul Sullivan at the University of Bradford.

School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Mgmt, Law & Social Sciences)
+44 1274 234789
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Paul Sullivan is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Bradford. He has a specialist interest in dialogical psychology and its applications to qualitative analysis, mental health and organisations and has a wider interest in the interface between moral philosophy and psychology.

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Qualitative Psychology, Mental Health, Art and Creativity, Organisations, Social Psychology.Qualitative Psychology, Mental Health, Art and Creativity, Organisations, Social Psychology.Current ProjectsThe Aesthetics of MemoryEmotional Regulation and Dysregulation (with Professor I. Burkitt)Embodiment and Discourse (with Dr. James Cresswell)Migrant Identity (with Dr. Kesi Mahendaran)Fandom Rhetoric and Mythmaking (with Dr. Hannah Intezar)

Research supervision

Dr. Paul Sullivan is responsible for the supervision of 1 postgraduate researchers at the University of Bradford.

Professional activities

Information about education, employment and areas of particular interest for Dr. Paul Sullivan is as follows:


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There are 27 publications involving or that are attributed to Dr. Paul Sullivan. They are listed as:

  • book (1)
  • peer reviewed journal (26)


Dr. Paul Sullivan has 1 publication(s) listed under book.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Qualitative Data Analysis Using a Dialogical Approach 2012 1 Sullivan Sage

Peer Reviewed Journal

Dr. Paul Sullivan has 26 publication(s) listed under peer reviewed journal.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Culture, Personal Experience and Agency 2006 Sullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.; Wright, P.
A Dialogical approach to experience-based inquiry 2005 Sullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.
Medical training as adventure-wonder and adventure-ordeal: a dialogical analysis of affect-laden pedagogy 2010 Madill, A.; Sullivan, Paul W.
Embodied ideas and divided selves: revisiting Laing via Bakhtin 2009 Burkitt, Ian; Sullivan, Paul W.
Managing the polyphonic sounds of organizational truths 2008 Sullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.
Vygotskian dialectics and Bakhtinian dialogics: Consciousness between the authoritative and the carnivalesque 2010 Sullivan, Paul W.
Crossing Chronotopes in the Polyphonic Organisation: Adventures in Experience 2015 Sullivan, Paul W.; Madill, A.; Glancy, M.; Allen, P.
Nietzsche or Aristotle: The implications for social psychology 2016 Sullivan, Paul W.
The moral journey of learning a pedagogy: a qualitative exploration of student–teachers’ formal and informal writing of dialogic pedagogy 2015 Moate, J.; Sullivan, Paul W.
Dialogue on Dialogue on Dialogic Pedagogy 2014 Sullivan, Paul W.
An Experiential Account of the Psychology of Art 2009 Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 3 181 - 187 Sullivan P.;McCarthy J. 1931-3896 10.1037/a0014292
Our emotional connection to truth: Moving beyond a functional view of language in discourse analysis 2008 Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 38 Sullivan P. 0021-8308 10.1111/j.1468-5914.2008.00366.x
Bakhtin, Socrates and the carnivalesque in education 2009 New Ideas in Psychology 27 326 - 342 Sullivan P.;Smith M.;Matusov E. 0732-118X 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2008.12.001
Empathy and applied psychology: Dunne's (2006) report on 'The views of adult users of the public sector mental health services' 2008 Irish Journal of Psychology 29 77 - 88 Sullivan P. 0303-3910 10.1080/03033910.2008.10446275
Examining the self-other dialogue through 'spirit' and 'soul' 2007 Culture and Psychology 13 105 - 128 Sullivan P. 1354-067X 10.1177/1354067X07073662
The relationship between self and activity in the context of artists making art 2007 Mind, Culture, and Activity 14 235 - 252 Sullivan P.;McCarthy J. 1074-9039 10.1080/10749030701623698
Towards a literary account of mental health from James' Principles of Psychology 2017 New Ideas in Psychology 46 31 - 38 Sullivan P. 0732-118X 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2016.02.003
The construction of self in online support groups for victims of domestic violence 2007 British Journal of Social Psychology 46 859 - 874 Hurley A.;Sullivan P.;McCarthy J. 0144-6665 10.1348/014466606X171521
Bakhtin’s chronotope, connotations, & discursive psychology: Towards a richer interpretation of experience 2020 Cresswell, J.; Sullivan, Paul W.
Carving a dialogical epistemology for investigating altruism: A reply to Mitchell and Eiroa–Orosa 2018 Intezar, Hannah; Sullivan, Paul W.
The effect of territorial stigmatisation processes on ontological security: A case-study of Bradford politics 2019 Political Geography 68 46 - 54 Sullivan P.;Akhtar P. 0962-6298 10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.10.009
Mirrors, portraits, and member checking: Managing difficult moments of knowledge exchange in the social sciences 2018 Qualitative Psychology 5 321 - 339 Madill A.;Sullivan P. 2326-3598 10.1037/qup0000089
Pedagogical violence 2019 Matusov, E.; Sullivan, Paul W.
Pedagogical Violence 2019 Integrative psychological & behavioral science in press na - na Eugene Matusov and Paul Sullivan 1932-4502 Springer na
Metamorphosis from exalted person to cultural symbol: A case study of the GOAT in tennis 2021 Culture and Psychology 27 Intezar, H & Sullivan, P Culture & Psychology 10.1177/1354067X211044990
Foxes who want to be hedgehogs: Is ethical pluralism possible in psychology's replication crisis? 2022 Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 0 Paul Sullivan and John Ackroyd 0021-8308 Wiley